Nov. 25, 2021

oleander, Nerium oleander

Oleander is an old friend. It was likely the first tropical I made acquaintance with. As we traveled around the world, it was always there. A friend in every port. And a friend for all times. Oleander is mentioned in the earliest writing about plants, and shows up in very ancient art. Our name for it comes from ancient Greece. But maybe it isn't always friendly. There's a story about a scout troop that died from roasting hot dogs on oleander sticks. Not true, but it makes a point! Oleander's origin is lost in time, but may have been around the Mediterranen. Now you might see it in AL, AZ, CA, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TX or UT. St. Lucie Co FL, 1/27/13. Dogbane family, Apocynaceae.